skin cancer prevention
Skin cancer is one of the most common and preventable forms of cancer in the United States. We want our customers to look
great and know their skin is being protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Researchers say the earth’s ozone layer is not
providing as much protection as it did in the past. Therefore, when you are enjoying the outdoors, it is recommended to wear
sunscreen daily and wear clothing that provides added protection when possible. 2-DG offers a variety of products that provide
SPF 50+ UV protection to help you look and feel your best!
Interview With Dr. Sapna Palep MD
Every dermatologist would agree that the odds are even worse for golfers. In one study, professional golfers received on average an estimated 217 times the amount of ultraviolet (UV) radiation needed to cause a sunburn over the course of a year. Recreational golfers are at risk too, since every hour they can receive 3.5 to 5.4 times the amount of UV radiation exposure needed to cause sunburn. It's not just the sun that makes golfing so hazardous: features on the golf course, like water in ponds and sand in bunkers, can reflect UV radiation back at you, so that it hits your skin a second time. There is a real need to educate golfers on the dangers of long-term sun exposure.
Genetics obviously plays a part, but it has long been known that exposure to the sun has a direct correlation to skin cancer. In fact, research has shown that just a few serious sunburns during childhood can increase your risk of skin cancer later in life. According to the CDC, unprotected skin can be damaged in as little as 15 minutes by the sun. And just because it may be cloudy, doesn't mean you don't have to worry. Eighty percent of harmful UV rays penetrate clouds. Sun exposure is believed to cause 90 percent of all cases of skin cancer, with malignant melanomas taking the lives of more than 8,000 Americans a year. Additionally, 78 percent of golfers share another skin cancer risk factor: they are male. Starting at age 40, the incidence of melanoma is higher in men than in women, and this trend is becoming more pronounced with each decade.
I always tell my patients that clothing is your first line of defense when it comes to sun protection. Of course, sunblock creams or sprays clearly have their benefits on areas of the body where clothing cannot cover. On the other hand, the easiest and most comfortable way to achieve protection is to wear UV protective clothing.
SPF (Sun Protection Factor) is a rating system approved by the Food and Drug Administration to determine how effective a sunscreen is against stopping ultraviolet rays. UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) is a similar rating system to SPF but is used for clothing. The number represents the product's ability to block UVB and UVA rays. The higher the number, the better the blocking power. 2-DG branded clothing has a UPF of 50+, which provides excellent protection.
I see a lot of patients who play golf and one of them brought it to my attention. When you consider that you are out in the sun for four or five hours at a time during a round of golf, your risk of exposure is obviously heightened. I think the 2-DG brand not only raises awareness of the risks of skin cancer, but offers practical UPF 50+ protection, which is highly recommended. And I like the fact that their fabrics are all made from natural recyclable products, and appear to be both lightweight and game appropriate. The fact that proceeds from the sale of this apparel are going to fund vital 2-DG cancer research makes it all the more attractive.
I've always maintained that the best way to treat cancer is to try and prevent it, and 2-DG apparel line is enabling you to do just that.
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